Red Sox activate Cy Young candidate Sale from DL

Chris Sale started for the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS opener against the Houston Astros and is scheduled to go in game five.

The Boston Red Sox activated ace Chris Sale from the 10-day disabled list after he spent his second stint out with a shoulder injury.

Starting pitcher Sale, who is 12-4 with a 1.97 ERA and 219 strikeouts in just 146 innings pitched this season, remains a front-runner for the American League's Cy Young award despite making just 23 starts this season.

The 29-year-old and seven-time MLB All-Star last pitched on August 12.

Boston have an eight-game lead in the race for home-field advantage in the AL playoffs.

Sale may not pitch a full five-plus innings again during the regular season.

With David Price also dealing with an injury, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia shut down for the season, Boston can ill-afford to lose Sale for the playoffs.